04 October 2016

The Slow Lane

I have a hard time not "going and doing", yet people who know me well, have heard me often complain about always being gone to some event and never home.
My car put me in the slow lane this weekend and wouldn't let me go anywhere. I wanted to go visit some of my best friends down in Oklahoma to camp out over the weekend and attend a cozy little tent meeting (those are always the best in the fall!!) But instead, I came home from work on Saturday at noon and did absolutely nothing. Well, maybe something. I mean, I did take a nap out on the patio. And I did read quite a few posts of Karissa's blog. I also just sat there musing for a long time and read the bible some. I let our awkwardly clumsy "teenage" kitty-cats crawl all over me. I listened to vehicles passing by on the road. (Actually, I didn't necessarily notice the road noise, until I heard some loud trucks that reminded me of riding in the dump truck with Tyrel...❤️ I tell ya life is never going to be the same!)

Oh, and I did cut up some fruit to eat during the 3-4 hours I spent outside doing nothing. :) Simple, yummy food :)

Finallyyyyy... I decided to go make myself productive and put the last and final coat of Polyurethane on the trim around the windows of what will soon be my bedroom.
I took off the protective plastic from the window seat that was already done, and had to clean up, sand, and stain a few little areas to get it all finished out. 

This isn't the best picture of it, and it sure doesn't do justice to the months that my mom and I have spent on it. Mostly the hours and hours my mom spent scraping the old layers of paint off the intricate woodwork. I'm so thankful for my mom who has that determination and drive to finish such a dauntingly long project!

And with that project being completed, that wrapped up the end of my lovely little "easy-going" Saturday. 


27 September 2016

A Week to Remember

I have a story that I've almost been dying to share. I haven't had a chance to blog for the last two weeks, so all my happiness has been pent-up inside.
Actually, I have longed for social media a few times to be able to quickly share some of my joy. ...But, I've made it through without exploding... ;) ;)

Ever since last Christmas (or before) I had planned to get myself up to West Virginia this summer... to go visit my sister of course! ;) But in the back of my mind, I was also thinking just a little bit about Tyrel... ;) And as the months passed along and Tyrel and I started talking, we got kinda/sorta/very excited about that time that we would get to be together, even though things weren't very official. That all changed in July! ;) So my trip suddenly became centered around being with my boyfriend! :) (Sorry Alyssa! ;P)

One thing in particular that we wanted to do together was make hay... ;)
So, as my boss put it... I was going to take a week of vacation to go let my boyfriend see how good I could be put to work... ;P Hahaha!
Far from that! I really did want to do it with all of my heart!  (I have always secretly loved and admired the hard work that goes into farming!) Though, to be quite honest, I was very nervous about the day that I would actually get out there and experience making hay because everything was so new and unknown! I've never been around much farm life at all, never driven a tractor, and never spent a day out in a field like that... (Boy, have I missed out on soooo much! 😳)
 But as soon as we started going... all my nerves when away, and I knew I would be okay doing this all day! 😉👌🏼 At the end of the day, I could honestly say that I enjoyed the whole hay-making process much more than I even thought possible. It turned out to be the most satisfying and perfect part of the week! :)

The first day we were making square bales! :)
I loooovvveddd... the fresh smell of hay... the beautiful mountains... our group lunch break chat... the sunny skies and fluffy clouds... working alongside someone special... ;)
 ...But the best part, was seeing all we got done, and knowing that we all did it together! :)

Stacking and more stacking...

...while the others were out making some more ;)

The second day, we took it easy and made round bales... ;) And I enjoyed it equally! :)


Thursday, we took a drive up to a beautiful mountain to watch the sunset -- and for the life of me, I can never remember the name of the mountain. :P

Thank you, Summer, for taking pictures!! ;D

It was soooo amazingly beautiful! <3
All you can do is marvel at God's delicate work of beauty that he has created all around us!

I felt like a kid in a candy store being up there with such a beautiful 360* view. Everywhere I looked  was another piece of the absolutely breath-taking scene!
 The picture below shows the beautiful view going on behind us as we were watching the sunset. <3


Friday, I spent some time with Alyssa :) After we met up with Marty for lunch, the three of us paddled around the lake at Snowshoe Mountain.

That evening we took some four wheelers out on the old back roads. Ah...! I can just feel the breeze right now! 😅

The picture above and below are from two different times, but they are my favorite pictures from riding around in Tyrel's truck! Of all the memories we made, I'll forever be missing the smells, sounds, and views from his awesome truck... 😌

We also explored our way through a sweet cave!
We stopped halfway through and pulled up the Evening Light Songs on our phones and sang "What a Mighty God!", and let me tell you, the acoustics in there were amazing! 

We were pretty much walking through water a good 70% of the time... which was cold.
But not nearly as cold as the last bit of the way that we had to swim through. Haha, I think we all felt pretty awesome to be able to say we "swam through a cave" ;P

Walking back from the cave... Hehe, our dads look so tiny out there ;P

Then a few of us went up to Spruce Knob to take in the scenic view. :)

And finally... our last day together...
For the main part of the day, we actually worked together with Tyrel's family spreading straw out on some land that had been cleared off. I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else! :)
And I'll re-iterate it again, that I loved the simplicity of getting to work together with everyone to get it all done! :) 

Tyrel's dad... :)
...and the super cool truck that I got to ride home in with my favorite person driving. ;) :)

It was a bitter-sweet day. Something about the whole day just didn't feel "right", because I knew our time together was coming to an end. And pretty soon I would be transplanted back to a completely different life 1,000 miles away.
It's rough folks. Rough, but good! :)


09 September 2016


I've been having a wonderful week in West Virginia! I didn't think I would share anything on the blog until I had time to go through alllll the pictures, but what I saw this evening tops all! So I had to share really quick! 😉
I have never, ever experienced anything more beautiful than the view we had tonight!

As we were watching the sunset, the thought came to me so strongly of how we were the ONLY ones with the view this evening! God made a special view just for us! 
The area is very secluded, but I guess on other evenings other people have watched the sunset from there before. Yet still, I couldn't get over the fact of how privileged I felt to be one of a very few to view some of God's most beautiful creation. Because it felt so "fresh", untouched, and undiscovered. ☺️ 

25 August 2016

Marvin and Ranelle {Engaged}

It doesn't seem real at all...! My sister is getting married!!! 😆 Like soon! 😄
I'm so excited for Marvin and Ranelle, and I appreciate their relationship with God and with each other so much! When I grow up, I want to be just like them! ☺️ ...oh wait... 😝

Hehe, anyway, they got engaged in July when our Campmeeting at Monark was going on, and so I got to take engagement pictures for them! :)

Personally, this picture would show you why I enjoyed my evening taking pictures  so much! 😉😊

Look at those horses running around in the background!! 😄